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  • Neither Here nor There

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

In Neither Here nor There Bill Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was thinking of stoppong half way through

  • By David on 08-07-16

Too much Pornography

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-19

I have enjoyed books by Bill Bryson, but found this one very off putting with all the talk of pornography and taking drugs.

  • EMPEROR: The Gates of Rome, Book 1 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

On a small estate just outside Rome in the first century BC, two boys become blood brothers, little imagining the extraordinary future that lies before them. As friends and rivals, Gaius and Marcus are destined to find lasting fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb but there is an issue

  • By Anonymous User on 02-01-19

Recommended by Bernard Cornwell

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Since I enjoy Bernard Cornwell's books (though I've not read them all), I am ready to go with his recommendation.
However this story is less compelling that I am used to with Mr Cornwell, and I will be less enthusiastic if I see his recommendation again.

  • Teacher Man

  • By: Frank McCourt
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A third memoir from the author of the huge international best sellers Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis. In Teacher Man, Frank McCourt reads his own account of his illustrious, amusing, and sometimes rather bumpy long years as an English teacher in the public high schools of New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gifted teacher - Entertaining writer

  • By Stephen J on 02-03-19

Gifted teacher - Entertaining writer

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Very enjoyable - Frank McCourt has that flayer for teaching that cannot be taught. He writes with humour of his experiences teaching in the tough school of New York.

  • Pacific Vortex!

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

Fully armed and with all hands onboard, the nuclear submarine Starbuck sailed into the calm Pacific Ocean for sea trials - and vanished. No wreckage, no signals, no survivors: nothing...until ace maritime troubleshooter Dirk Pitt finds a single chilling clue in the shark-torn surf off Hawaii - the log of the Starbuck. 'Do not search for us, it can only end in vain....' A crazed journal of madness and death is all that remains.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting but flawed.

  • By Mike T. on 05-08-18

too many "lucky" events

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Boys own paper might like this story, I did not.
Too many times the hero survived impossible situations, a bit like Richard Hanney and his chums.
OK for light entertainment, but not interesting enough for a serious read by a grown up person.

  • Mary Poppins

  • By: P. L. Travers
  • Narrated by: Olivia Colman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

When the East Wind blows Mary Poppins into the home of the Banks children, their lives go topsy-turvy and are changed forever. More than 80 years since we first met Mary Poppins, this original, classic story is still charming listeners and transporting new fans into the mysterious world of everyone’s favourite magical nanny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the movie.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-01-19

Not as much fun as I was expecting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Since there is a film and now a second film and I have seen bits of the first and none of the second, but I have heard excited comments about Mary Popins, I was expecting a kinder person than she is in the story.

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  • The Crow Trap

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

Three very different women come together at isolated Baikie’s Cottage on the North Pennines to complete an environmental survey. Rachael, the team leader, is still reeling after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Anne, a botanist, sees the survey as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman hiding plenty of her own secrets. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story as always from Ann Cleeves

  • By mrs on 17-08-18

Vera is so much better on TV

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-19

Vera on TV is always compelling, but in this book there were far too many words - I almost gave up on the story before Vera had appeared. I will not listen to another Vera Stanhope book.

  • Management in 10 Words

  • By: Terry Leahy
  • Narrated by: Rupert Holliday Evans
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

In his 14 years as CEO of Tesco, Sir Terry Leahy not only turned the company into the largest supermarket chain in the UK, but also transformed it into a global enterprise. As a result, Sir Terry is now one of the world's most admired business leaders, widely acclaimed for his drive, flair, and no-nonsense approach. In Management in 10 Words, he draws on his experience and expertise to pinpoint the ten vital attributes that make successful managers and underpin great organisations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent management insights

  • By AA on 31-01-13

Another book spoiled by no titles for the chapters

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Very interesting story, well read, but I cant go back and enjoy particular chapters because "AUDIOBOOKS" does not give title to these 10 chapters.

Each Chapter is presented under a specific title, one of the "10 Words", but which chapter is which word ??

Audiobooks has no respect for the listener or the Author.

  • The Greek Myths

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Including many of the greatest stories ever told - the labours of Hercules, the voyage of the Argonauts, Theseus and the minotaur, Midas and his golden touch, the Trojan War and Odysseus's journey home - Robert Graves's superb and comprehensive retelling of the Greek myths for a modern audience has been regarded for over fifty years as the definitive version. With a novelist's skill and a poet's eye, Graves draws on the entire canon of ancient literature, bringing together all the elements of every myth into one epic and unforgettable story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where are the notes ?<br />

  • By darkbluepoppy on 09-04-18

Greek Gods behaving like spoiled teenagers

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

As this book progressed I became appalled by the behaviour of so called "Greek Gods".

I tolerated the first 15 chapters, all the time hoping that there would be a story of the heroes of Ancient Greece, like Jason and the Argonauts, or the story of the Wooden Horse.

Audio books presents this book without naming any of the 60 chapters, so if the story I seek is in this volume there is no way I can find out.

Shame on you Audiobooks

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  • The Looking Glass War

  • By: John Le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

Once, the distinctions were clear: the Circus handled all things political while the Department dealt with matters military. But over the years the power and influence had passed to the Circus. Now suddenly the department had a job on its hands. Uncertain evidence suggested Soviet missiles being put in place near the German border, while vital film had gone missing and a courier was dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great presentation

  • By Steve Hocking on 03-01-18

Dreary !

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

In my youth I have read a book or two by John Le Carre - though cannot remember which one(s).

Listening to this one was hard work. I nearly gave up after 2 and a half hours, but did endure to the end. I found it a dreary story. As usual I had to listen the end 3 times because I could not remember how it endue due to the continuity announcer "We hope you have enjoyed this book" intruding my thoughts within seconds of the story ending.

Pig headed idiot - we need a few moments silence, better still a piece of music so we know the story has ended before he blurts his intrusion.

  • James and the Giant Peach

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

Penguin Audiobooks presents Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, read by Green Wing actor Julian Rhind-Tutt. The audiobooks features original music and '3D' sound design by Pinewood film studios. James Henry Trotter's parents have been eaten by a rhinoceros, so now he lives with his two repulsive aunts. One hot day something peculiar happens and an enormous peach grows in their garden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! - But listen to it through headphones!

  • By Miss Sj Lewis on 18-07-18

Not amusing if you are not a child.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I have been curious to listen to a Roald Dahl book - and chose this one because it was offered cheap.

Being 40 year outside by childhood, I had expected at least to find the story amusing, but did not. Thus I am unlikely to choose the BFG or Chocolate Factory is they too are offered cheap.

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